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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisanori Takahashi, Hideki Matsui, and Hiroya Yamamura

by on Feb.08, 2010 @ 9:29 am, under MLB

Daisuke Matsuzaka closed out his training in Arizona on the 6th.  He told reporters that he was able to build up a completely new kind of body / foundation during his 32-day training in Arizona.  Matsuzaka's training this off-season focus primarily on his shoulder, trunk muscles, and buttocks.

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After having spent a couple of days in Los Angeles Hisanori Takahashi is now in Arizona.  And speaking of Takahashi, it seems he turned down offers from the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets (via JapaneseBallPlayers).  The report itself was posted back on the 4th so it's actually somewhat old news.

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Hideki Matsui continues to work out at a somewhat slow pace.  When asked about his knees and when he might get a start in the outfield, Matsui said that his knees felt fine and that there was no ETA (it all depends on how him and how he's feeling).  To that end, Matsui plans on letting the Angels know exactly when he's ready to play.

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UPDATE 5:41pm JST: The Phillies have apparently signed Yamamura and will be making an announcement on the 10th.

It seems the Philadelphia Phillies have an interest in Osaka University of Commerce catcher Hiroya Yamamura.  Yamamura was passed over during the 2009 draft and announced on Sunday that he wants to try his luck in the Majors.

College Stats (via draftrepo and not 100% complete)

G AVB AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB OBP SLG
78 .291 262 66 9 0 7 29 47 38 12 .347 .366

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